Titles: Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths
Series: The Twisted Series Book One and Book Two
Author: L.L. Collins
Release Date: 1st March & 7th April, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
What if your soul is so intertwined with someone else’s that it’s impossible to imagine yourself without them?
Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly’s families have spent their vacations together on Sanibel Island their entire lives, and the two have always been the best of friends. But as they get ready to go to college, they admit that friendship isn’t enough for them anymore and spend a whirlwind two weeks daring to dream of their future together.
But building sandcastles and lazy beach walks filled with moonlight kisses isn’t the same as real life, and soon they are faced with a new reality. Can their hope of forever survive past their summer, or does fate have its own twisted plan?
Stepping into the warm water with her, I need her like I need my next breath. I snake my arms around her and pull her to me. I can’t stop the groan that comes out when her wet skin hits mine. I’m a guy; I know all about showers. However, a shower with Liane is beyond my wildest fantasies. Our tongues come together as I step us backwards and press her gently into the wall, hoping it’s not cold. She doesn’t make a sound, so she either doesn’t care or it’s warm enough. I smooth her wet hair away from her face as I deepen our kiss, tilting my head so I can tell her everything I want with my mouth.
She moans, her hands finding me and making my eyes roll in my head. Yeah, this entire night is going to be what saves me for the next few months, thinking about all of this right here. I slow down our kiss and pull away, putting my lips at her ears. “Wanna race?” I tease. I love playing with her; it’s one of my favorite things to do.
“Race?” She looks at me, a gleam in her eye. “We’re starting a new kind of race?” Her hands are still caressing me, and I can barely form words at the sensation.
“Yeah,” I mutter, putting my hands over hers so she will stop for a second. “We’ve raced our whole lives, right? It’s part of who we are. So why not have a race now?”
“What are we racing to?” She looks me up and down, her eyes stopping at the evidence of my desire for her.
I lean over and whisper in her ear, and she giggles, looking up at me with wide eyes. “Really? And what does the winner—or loser—get?”
I wink at her. “The winner gets to pick the next location.” She gets exactly what I mean, and I see the competitive gleam come into her eye.
“Well, let the best man—or in this case, woman—win,” she says. All I know is, I’m not losing because I already have the grand prize. Her.
Reviewed By Donna Elsegood on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.
This is the story of Blake McIntyre, Liane Kelly and their families. They have known each other for their whole lives. Each year, holidays were spent on Sanibel Island together. The had always been the best of friends; totally inseparable. When they go home after their vacation, they miss each other but keep in contact by letter and telephone. As they get ready to go to college, they have a whirlwind summer and feelings are finally admitted along with their dreams of the future.
Quote ~ “Someday soon, I’m going to put a ring on this finger. And not long after that, everyone in the world will know that you are mine.”
Liane had a boyfriend at home from the age of sixteen until she was eighteen called Ronan Collier. He had broken it off with her before she went on the normal summer vacation where she realised her heart belonged to Blake. Promises are made along with plans, but Blake is concerned Ronan will talk Liane into getting back with him. Liane promises this will not happen.
Quote ~ “He probably won’t give up without a fight.”
This story is set in the 1990,s before social media and mobile phones really took off. It has a lot of twist and turns and I really wouldn’t want to give too much away.
Twisted Souls is full of so many emotions and feelings; namely love, hate, betrayal and angst. I found my heart breaking for Blake and Liane and I certainly wasn’t expecting what happened. It is one hell of a bumpy road and I found that I couldn’t put this book down. I just wanted to know what was exactly going to happen next. All I can say is their lives twist in the most unexpected way with lots of lies and hurt which toward the second part of the book, made me wonder if they would ever recover.
I adored Blake! He is so loving and sweet. Such a passionate young man who wears his heart on his sleeve. And Liane! She is such a sweet young girl who always wants to do the right thing regardless of hurtful moments. She never goes out of her way to cause anyone any harm; she just goes along with what everyone else wants! Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say she was lacking in backbone either. Far from it! Weakness didn’t come into the equation as she just loved fiercely and wanted to make everyone happy. Until she has to drop a major bombshell that changes the whole course of what she wanted for her future.
Ronan Collier! To describe him as the spoilt rich young man who manipulated everything to suit himself would be putting it mildly. I wasn’t at all keen on him!
I give this read five stars as it has everything in a story that I like with all the emotions and wonder of where the story would take me. I listened to the playlist and it fits in perfectly well for the era the author was portraying. A great big well done, and I’m so looking forward to the second part of the series to see what happens to all the main protagonists. I also loved the supporting characters and even though there were only three, they complimented the story immensely.
Life is a series of choices, and every one we make sends us down a different path…
It is easy to look back at your life and see the mistakes you’ve made and wonder how it all could’ve been different. But when the path you thought would last forever comes to an end and you have to choose a new one, do you follow the route that looks the straightest and easiest? Or do you follow your heart and choose the one that might have more twists and turns but could lead you to the happiest tomorrows?
Twisted Paths is not a standalone. This is meant to be read after book one in the Twisted series, Twisted Souls.
The first thing I notice is that the man is seriously beautiful. His body is cut and sculpted like he spends hours a day in the gym, and even in the dim light from the pool deck, I can tell he’s tan. His board shorts hang low on his hips, and the defined cuts of muscle on his chest and abs is enough to send women running to him and dropping at his feet. Had I been a single woman, he would definitely be my type. My eyes lift past his impeccable body to the face and head that’s attached, and that’s when my heart completely stops. I must’ve gasped out loud, because I feel Mia turn and look at me as he gets closer.
I feel my mouth drop open as his eyes meet mine for the first time in years. “Blake.” He stops in his tracks, both of us staring at each other for what seems like every moment of the time we have been apart. I can’t believe he’s standing here, and had it not been for Mia standing next to me, I might’ve thought I was dreaming.
Reviewed By Donna Elsegood on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.
This is the second and final part of the Twisted Series. The story of Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly, or now known as Collier.
Twisted Souls’ story was set eighteen years earlier. They had chosen their paths all those years ago with Liane seeing her son Carter off to college. This pained her as she had always been a devoted wife and mother; married to a hard working provider for their little family. She was young and still at school when Carter was born, but even so, she managed to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.
Suddenly she is dropped from a great height and everything she believed about her life’s path is not what it seems. Liane decides to run away to the family holiday retreat in Sanibel in Florida where the family have a timeshare.
Blake McIntyre returns every year to Sanibel to relive his memories of his one true love. Blake’s family desperately wants him to move on but he still can’t let go. He is a recovering alcoholic due to not coping very well with what life has dealt him. Divorced with no children, he still lives in hope.
Blake and Liane paths cross again at Sanibel and old feelings are felt.
Quote: Blake ~ “I want to help, whatever it is,” “No matter what, I want to be your friend. We were friends before… we’ve always been friends. So if you want to talk I’m here. “
Quote: Liane ~ “I haven’t seen you in years Blake,” “I’m not sure being friends as kids classifies us as friends now.”
There is a lot to work through for these two protagonists as it’s clear they are still in love. Even after all these years, they were truly meant to be together. A tragedy strikes and everything they have ever believed in comes crashing down around them.
I was on the edge of my seat as truths were unfolded. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and I must admit I despised Ronan in Twisted Souls but in this segment, a little part of me felt sorry for him. Just a little part, I might add! Blake and Liane are fantastic characters and to see where the story took them held my attention so much that I forgot everything else around me. Great supporting characters and I loved Carter. What a lovely young man and I know we’re going to get a story about him. I loved the whole plot, the author’s style of writing, and I will definitely be reading more of her work. Let’s just say all the frantic reading wanting to know what happens, plenty of angst included, was well worth it with a satisfactory outcome.
LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. The Living Again series: Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever, and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback. The beginning to her new series, Twisted Souls, was released March 3, 2015 and the second and final book in the series, Twisted Paths, will release April 7, 2015.
LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out to try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 13 and 11.